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New Jersey will be a focal point in the world of politics this year. We are one of two states to hold a governor’s race – the other being Virginia. All 40 state Senate seats and all 80 state Assembly seats will be up for grabs, and there will be more than 50 rank-and-file union members on the ballot this year.
A-4927, the bill to expand New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave law, received a hearing in the Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee, which voted 4 to 1 to advance the bill. We thank Speaker Prieto and Assembly members Oliver and Gusciora, who are the prime sponsors of the bill in the Assembly. We further thank all committee members who voted in support.
The Assembly has introduced legislation, A-4927, to improve upon our state’s successful paid family leave program. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliates championed the original law that was enacted in 2009. Now, with your support, we can make this policy even better for working families.
U.S. Congressman and labor elected official Donald Norcross from IBEW 351, joined with several lawmakers on Capitol Hill yesterday to introduce a bill that would raise the federal wage from the current level of $7.25 to $15.00 an hour by 2024 and index the minimum wage to the median wage starting in 2025.
We are calling on all affiliates to provide whatever support they can to our brothers and sisters, who were locked out of their jobs more than four weeks ago by the Shore Point Distributing Company. These 113 workers are members of Teamsters Local 701 and will continue to fight for a fair contract and respect on the job.
40,000 workers at AT&T will be on strike for three days starting this Friday, May 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Workers have been at the bargaining table for months fighting for good jobs against a company dead set on lining its pockets at the expense of the workers who make them billions.
On April 14, 2017, drivers at the XPO Trenton facility voted to join Teamsters Local 701, despite the company spending thousands of dollars on union busters in an attempt to sway the election. This was a brutal and hard fought victory and management’s ongoing retaliatory actions are simply unacceptable.
HPAE, a union of healthcare professionals in New Jersey, represents 120 addiction treatment workers at AAC/Sunrise House, an in-patient addiction treatment center in Lafayette, NJ. HPAE has notified the employer of the workers’ intent to conduct a three day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike at the facility if an agreement is not reached by May 24, 2017, at 7:00 a.m.
On May 17th, Nabisco parent company Mondelēz will hold its shareholders’ meeting in Chicago, IL. This is the city where the company decided to eliminate 600 good, middle-class jobs in order to outsource Oreo production to Mexico and exploit working families for $1 per hour.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is standing with our brothers and sisters from Teamsters Local 701 to ensure workers get the respect they deserve on the job. We invite all affiliates to join the picket line to protest the egregious actions of Shore Point Distributing Company and to demand that the company negotiate a fair agreement.
The picket line will operate 24/7 in front of the company headquarters located at 100 Shore Point Drive; Freehold, NJ 07728.